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Morbid Meals – Divinity

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2015 by Dan Shaurette

MM05For the Hierophant (or Pope) tarot card, I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes for a divine treat.

EXAMINATION

Divinity is a pecan nougat candy that is extremely popular in the Southern United States. Everyone’s mama makes this, usually from traditions passed on rather than written recipes. Don’t be overwhelmed by candy making, though. Divinity is a great, simple recipe to start with.

ANALYSIS

Yield: about 18 pieces

Ingredients

2 large egg whites
2 cups granulated sugar (400 g)
1/2 cup light corn syrup (160 g)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Pecan halves, for optional garnish

Apparatus

  • Baking sheet pan
  • Waxed or parchment paper
  • Stand mixer with whisk attachment
  • Medium Saucepan
  • Candy thermometer
  • Rubber spatula

Procedure

  1. Line a sheet pan with waxed or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer at high speed, beat the egg whites until it becomes stiff. Let the mixer keep running while you prepare the syrup.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Stir constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  4. Clip the thermometer to the saucepan so that it measures the syrup but does not touch the bottom of the pan.
  5. Raise heat to high and bring the syrup to a rolling boil. When the temperature reaches 250°F (“hard ball stage”), remove it from heat.
  6. Immediately pour hot syrup in a thin stream into the egg whites, with the mixer still running at high speed.
  7. Add vanilla extract and continue to beat the mixture until it loses the glossy shine. This can take between 7 to 12 minutes, depending on the relative humidity. Have patience. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl occasionally.
  8. Shut off the mixer. Add the chopped pecans and fold them in with a rubber spatula.
  9. Using two spoons, scoop out fluffy blobs of candy and drop onto the paper-lined sheet pan.
  10. If desired, press a pecan half into the top of each blob of divinity.
  11. Allow candies to cool and firm up.

DISSECTION

Candy making takes a lot of patience, especially when waiting for the syrup to hit the right temperature. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can do a cold water test to check when the syrup has hit hard ball stage.

POST-MORTEM

I am truly sorry for anyone who must avoid sugar. I tried three different recipes in an attempt to make a sugar-free or low-Glycemic Index version of this. Every attempt was a huge failure. The only one that wasn’t a complete loss was one that made a kind of marshmallow. As interesting as that was, nougat is a far cry from that.

I did hear that a sugar-substitute called Isomalt should work. However, Isomalt is outrageously expensive — about $12/lb). For those willing to try it, you should be able to equally replace the sugar and corn syrup with Isomalt by weight (approx 560 grams).

Instead, this recipe uses the least amount of sugar and corn syrup I could get away with. (Some recipes use up to twice as much.) It still ends up making a fluffy and melt-in-your-mouth heavenly treat.

Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: Pamela Moore

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on July 21, 2015 by elektronikadance

PAMELA MOORE (of Queensryche Fame) INTERVIEW by Dawn Wood

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Pamela Moore is best known as Seattle Heavy Metal Goddess “Sister Mary” for Queensryche’s Operation Mindcrime concept albums.  She is the cousin of Teri Nunn of the 80’s New Wave iconic group, Berlin. Pamela is also an extremely kind-hearted mentor and vocal coach to students both in the Seattle-area and abroad.  I have to say, she is honestly one of the kindest people I have ever had the privilege of knowing.  I have interviewed Pamela previously and sat down with her in June to catch up with what has been going on in her world. We discussed her successful career, upcoming projects and other musings.

[Horror Addicts] Pamela, have you always known you would be a singer or did you have other career aspirations growing up?

[Pamela Moore] “When I was a young girl, around the aged of 7, I wanted to be an actress.  My Mother always saidpammie3 if I was going to be an actress, I had to learn to sing and dance.  We didn’t have the money to take all of those classes.  I taught myself how to sing, play the guitar and the piano.  I did some acting in High School.  My Mom was an inspiration because she acted in small local theater productions.”

[Horror Addicts] When did you begin your career in music?

[Pamela Moore] “I began at the age of 14.  I was in a band in high school.  I was mortified because my Mom was so involved in making sure she knew what we were doing and making sure everything was OK.  It was good because I wasn’t old enough to make those decisions for myself.  I am glad that she had that concern for me.”

[Horror Addicts] Were you inspired by any singers?

[Pamela Moore] “I have always been inspired by many different kinds of singers.  I have a tough time answering questions like this because I don’t want to pigeon-hole myself into a specific type of singer.  Back in the day, I loved listening to Paul Rogers and Anne Wilson.  They were on the radio at the time.  Most of the time, I was more inspired by songs, as opposed to specific singers.  Really well written songs in Country, Metal, R&B etc… can really sing to your heart.”

[Horror Addicts] How did you become first involved with Queensryche and take on the role of Sister Mary?

[Pamela Moore] “1989. I had already released two albums with First American Records (1981-1982) and was in Boy Toy at the time.  It all started because I had gone over budget on my 2nd album and worked out a trade with the studio to record a commercial for Guitars Etc…  The ad wound up being played all the time on the radio and television.  I then started working by day at Guitars Etc… and at night with Boy Toy.  I met Chris DeGarmo (one of the founding members of Queensryche).  He introduced me to Geoff Tate. They actually came out to a Boy Toy show when we played at Pier 70 on the Seattle waterfront.  Some time later, I got a phone call from Chris.  He explained that Queensryche was in Montreal recording.  They wanted me to ‘come up and record a part’ for them.  It was a duet with Geoff.  I couldn’t hear it before hand.  He explained it was a conceptual album and they were holding it very close.  They flew me to Montreal and told me about the concept of the album.  We went into the studio, recorded the song and some voice over stuff for the Sister Mary part.  I was pretty lucky.  I was in the right place at the right time and did the right thing.”

[Horror Addicts] I understand you are involved with a horror project now.  Tell me about it.
[Pamela Moore]  “I submitted my song Paranoia for  Draghellpictures.com: The Zombie Meat Lovers. It was fun and quite hilarious.
[Horror Addicts] Tell us about your teaching of vocal lessons and performance coaching?

[Pamela Moore] “I started teaching part-time in the 90s.  My notoriety has put me in a situation where I can show people my vocal techniques.  I have really been doing this full-time since 2009.  I now have a recording program for my first time students so they have a chance to record a song for the first time in a professional studio.  It is great to give back something that I have learned. I have had a very busy summer with students”

[Horror Addicts] What are your current projects?

[Pamela Moore] “I recently returned from a rock cruise doing an acoustic set and have plans to do another rock cruise in 2016 with my band. Ihave been continuing to build by business as a vocal coach and working on new material for the Pamela Moore Band.
Pamela can be found on the web and on Facebook.  Check out her page and give her a like.  Her voice is amazing.
www.ratpakrecordsamerica.com/pamela-moore

www.facebook.com/pages/Pamela-Moore/45621380661

http://www.draghellpictures.com

www.pamelamoore.net

www.pamelamoore.net/pmdream/lessons.html

Video trailer for The Zombie Meat Lovers:

 

Film Review: The Last Exorcism

Posted in News on July 20, 2015 by A.D. Vick

 

by A.D. Vick

The Last Exorcism Is unlike most other horror films that I have ever watched. As I viewed the film’s opening scenes, I contemplated the possibility that I’d been mistakenly sent a documentary about a young minister’s evangelical work. My fear was dispelled however, as the plot began to unfold.

The Last Exorcism, which was released in 2010 and produced by Eric Newman, Eli Roth, Marc Abraham and Thomas A. Bliss, utilizes the found footage style of film creation. This means that the movie is presented in such a way as to lead the viewer into believing that its footage is discovered. The events taking place on the screen appear as if they are being recorded by the actual characters in the film. This impression is further promoted through the featuring of comments by the film crew themselves as well as by incorporating shaky cameras and other similar methods. Found footage productions offer the illusion that the film’s contents had been found raw and were later edited into documentary form; hence, this reviewer’s initial confusion.

The Reverend Cotton Marcus, played by Patrick Fabian, lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The plot opens with Marcus’ appearance for a guest sermon at his father’s church. The younger minister’s slight of hand with a deck of cards both drives his points home effectively and impresses the congregation.

What the congregation doesn’t realize is that the Reverend Marcus is disillusioned with the church and has lost his faith. He later explains to the camera that as an exorcist, he is a charlatan. Any seemingly miraculous recoveries from demon possession that he may have overseen, he adds, were strictly psychological in nature. Further, he had tricked people into believing in his abilities through the use of various props and tricks. Cotton Marcus no longer believes that demon possession is real and he plans to take a camera crew on one final exorcism to show how he tricks and seemingly helps those seeking his assistance.

Marcus’ opportunity arises when he receives a letter from a farmer named Louis Sweetzer, portrayed by Louis Herthum, who claims that his demon-possessed daughter, Nell (Ashley Bell) is brutally slaughtering his livestock. The minister assembles his film crew and heads down to the Sweetzer farm, which lies outside New Orleans. Upon his arrival, the reverend finds Sweetzer to be a very devout widower with a rather difficult son named Caleb, played by Landry Jones, and a sweet but naive daughter.

Marcus listens to Mr. Sweetzer’s story and then falsely discloses to him that he believes Nell to be possessed by a very powerful demon named Abalam. He then goes on to perform his ritual, which at first convinces the family that the demon has been expelled and Nell cured.

As the plot continues to unfold in this Southern Gothic tale, the pacing picks up and events become increasingly bizarre and even ghastly as Markus refuses to believe that occurrences are the result of anything but a psychologically disturbed young lady. By the time the viewer arrives at the film’s finale however, the Reverend Cotton Markus has been convinced otherwise. With his faith renewed, he is convinced that he must confront a very real Abalam one last time.

One more point I’d like to make about The Last Exorcism is this: get ready for a surprise ending. You’ll likely find it as startling as I did.

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DSCF1060A.D. Vick is short story writer living in Northwest Arkansas and is the author of a blog entitled The Gothic Embrace, which features a variety of topics of interest to the Goth subculture. He is also involved with the maintenance and preservation of some historic cemeteries and spends his quiet time with one rather large cat named Mr. Gray. He enjoys listening to a variety of music, which ranges from heavy metal and dark wave to classical, and takes great pleasure walking through the woods and burial grounds that surround his home

Press Release: The Massacre of the Mermaids

Posted in News with tags , , , on July 20, 2015 by Horror Addicts Guest

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Now available:

THE MASSACRE OF THE MERMAIDS
Horror short stories collection
Author: Alessandro Manzetti
Publisher: Kipple Officina Libraria (April, 2015)
Book cover by Ben Baldwin
Editing by Jodi Renee Lester
eBook edition – Pages: 51 – Language: English
Stories: The Massacre of the Mermaids, The Rosary, The Slicer, Der Bruter, The God’s Meridians, Mictlan, Blood in Jerusalem
Available on Amazon and major online booksellers
Amazon Link: http://goo.gl/KywV4o

From the Bram Stoker Awards® nominee Alessandro Manzetti comes a new horror, weird, gory, and dystopian short story collection. “The Massacre of the Mermaids” includes seven visionary and disturbing stories set in the future and the past: the apocalyptic and bloody Rome dominated by the first She-Pope who organizes shocking exhibitions in the new Coliseum; the bloody and cannibalistic Jerusalem during the First Crusade with gangs of rapists, criminals, and anthropophagy addicts; the future ultra-violent district Paris Sud 5 with a human landfill; the Nakara, a slaughterhouse-prison dug into the bowels of the moon, the first organized human breeding in history, managed by the diabolic Slicer; and the subterranean rooms of Mictlan, the Aztec hell that destroys Spanish victims, sacrificing them through unthinkable and brutal rites. “The Massacre of the Mermaids” will leave you breathless. The limit has never been so violated.

http://www.amazon.com/Massacre-Mermaids-k_noir-Book-ebook/dp/B00WANT2OK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430007699&sr=8-1&keywords=massacre+of+the+mermaids

Nightmare Fuel — The Man Who Killed Halloween

Posted in News with tags , , , on July 19, 2015 by Donald "D.J." Pitsiladis

Hello Addicts,

This episode’s Nightmare Fuel comes from the state of Texas.  As a child, I loved Halloween for the trick or treating, especially for the candy we got.  The one bad thing I remember from that time was not getting to taste any of it until my parents checked them for fear of poison or razor blades being hidden in the goodies.  I didn’t really question it then, but in later years, I was curious about where and when that problem ever occurred or began.  A documentary on urban legends gave me a probable answer involving a 1974 murder case involving Pixy Stix.

Eight year old Timothy O’Bryan was out Trick or Treating with his father, sister, and two neighbor children in their Deer Park, TX neighborhood.  They waited at the front door of a house eager for the candy goodies, but they moved on when no one answered the door.  Timothy’s father remained at the house with in the hopes of still getting candy from the resident for his children.  He eventually joined his kids a house or two later with five Pixy Stix grasped in his hand, and gave each child one.  Later in the evening, Timothy wanted some of his candy before going to bed, so he opened the Pixy Stix and his father helped him get the flavored sugar when it didn’t want to come out right away.  Shortly after that, the boy complained about stomach pains and began vomiting.  Young Timothy died on the way to the hospital.

Toxicology tests showed that the cause of death was potassium cyanide poisoning.  When police tested the other four Pixy Stix straws, they discovered them sliced open, the poison added, and then stapled shut.  For the longest time, the police focused in trying to find the house the dead boy’s father, Ronald Clark O’Bryan claimed to have gotten then tainted candy from.  When they found the house and ruled the homeowner out as a suspect, the police began to focus on the father.  Police soon found out that Ronald had taken extra insurance policies out on his children just before Halloween and was majorly in debt at the time.  The surmised murder plot involved the deaths of all the children given the poisoned candy with Ronald’s son and daughter being the intended victims and the other children as a way to cover his tracks.

Ronald Clark O’Bryan was convicted and sentenced to death, but maintained his innocence until the day he died.  His execution came via lethal injection on March 31, 1984.  During his trial, Ronald was dubbed by the media as “The Candyman”, but others still refer to him as “The Man Who Killed Halloween”.

Until next time, Addicts.  Pleasant dreams.

D.J. Pitsiladis

Nightmare Fuel — The Slit Mouthed Woman

Posted in News with tags , , , , on July 19, 2015 by Donald "D.J." Pitsiladis

Hello Addicts,

This week’s Nightmare Fuel takes us to the Land of the Rising Sun.  There is an urban legend.  I first heard about this woman around the time that The Dark Knight first came out in theaters in 2008 because of the resemblance to The Joker in the movie.  Even now, as I refresh my memory of the Japanese urban legend, I feel chills.

The more modern version of the Slit Mouthed Woman tale goes that a woman decides to get a divorce from her husband, who is schizophrenic, bipolar, and physically abusive.  When he discovers this, he snaps.  He knocks her out, ties her up, and, with the aid of very sharp scissors, proceeds to slice her mouth open from ear to ear.  Not satisfied with that bit of torture, he taunts her by saying, “Who will think you’re pretty now?” before using the scissors to decapitate her and then killing himself.  Thus, the legend Kuchisake-onna is born.

The spirit of the woman wanders the streets while wearing a surgical mask.  When she spies her victim, she walks up to them and asks if they think she’s pretty.  Before they are able to answer, she rips away the mask to reveal her disfigured face and asks, “Do you think I’m pretty now?”  If the person answers in the negative, she removes their head with her scissors,  If they say, “Yes”, she is so pleased that she uses the same scissors to make their smile just as pretty as hers.  If you give a non-committal answer like, “You’re average looking,” she becomes confused long enough for you to attempt an escape.

This tale has been around for a very long time, and was made into a Japanese film titled “Carved” and also loosely included in “The Grudge”.  The Slit Mouthed Woman, guaranteed to send a chill up your spine, especially if you see a lovely lady walking up to you with a surgical mask on.  She might just be a doctor, a nurse, or someone trying to keep from getting sick.  Then again, she may be something much deadlier.

D.J. Pitsiladis

As Above, So Below and Negative Space

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2015 by David Watson

20708447As Above, So Below by Loren Rhoads and Brian Thomas is not your average boy meets girl love story. This story is more of an angel meets succubus, they fall in love and both have agendas type story. It all started when the succubus Lorelei goes into a night club in Los Angeles and sees the angel Azaziel. Azaziel has been cast out of heaven and Lorelei has the task of getting Azaziel to become one of Hell’s minions. Lorelei thinks its going to be easy to turn the angel, little does she know that Azaziel has an agenda of his own.

Azaziel has claimed the soul of a young woman named Ashleigh and wants to use Lorelei’s body as a host for Ashleigh so he can show her a night of love in exchange for him being able to save her soul. After Azaziel puts Ashleigh’s soul in an unsuspecting Lorelei, Lorelei flees and tries to find someone to exorcise Ashleigh from her body. If things aren’t already complicated enough,  the city of Los Angeles is swarming with harpies, demons and angels all trying to get Ashleigh’s soul and punish Azaziel and Lorelei.

As Above, So Below is a complex novel that could be called paranormal romance but it also works as horror and erotica even though the sex scenes aren’t over the top like some erotica books I’ve read. The best part of the book was the characters. Since Lorelei is a succubus that has works for Hell, you expect her to be an evil character. In reality she is a sympathetic character that I liked quite a bit. I felt that she was much more compassionate than Azaziel. I would have thought that Azaziel would be the ultimate good but you quickly find that he is more of a shade of grey. None of these characters acts like you think they would act and the lines between good and evil are blurred.

Another thing I liked about the book was the amount of research that had to go into it. This book gets deep into theology and as I read, I found myself thinking this is probably how angels and demons would really act.  The idea of a human possessing a succubus was an original concept and I enjoyed how there were different situations where each one had to take over the body.

It may sound  strange but As Above, So Below reminded me a little of Romeo And Juliet because it’s a forbidden romance and they represent two groups of people who are at war. There were some memorable scenes in this book, in particular at the end where a battle between good and evil takes place in Los Angeles which also seemed like a character in the book. One of my favorite lines in the book was when Lorelei’s demonic master Asmodeus states that “Demons deal in truth, life is painful.” I found myself liking the demons more than the angels in this book. If you enjoy theology and the idea of angels and demons at war among us, you need to check this book out. You won’t be disappointed.

18336919Changing over from Angels and demons to unexplained phenomenon. I also recently read Negative Space by Mike Robinson. The story follows a painter named Max Higgins who is starting to become popular by collecting photos of missing people and putting them in his paintings. He feels he is giving these lost people a home in his art. His impulse to do this comes from dealing with people disappearing from his life as a kid.  Among them was his father. One day someone recognizes a face from one of his paintings and he has to look into his past to find out why his father went missing.

Negative Space starts with a bang, leaving you with a mystery to figure out as you see mother and son try to defend themselves against some unknown attackers. At this point you get the impression that this story is going to have a lot of action. Then Mike Robinson throws you a curve ball and changes directions as he gets into the main character’s search for meaning  after a tragic upbringing.

The characters in this book were great. I liked how it was set during the L.A. riots of 1992. I liked the use of metaphors in the story. A big part of this book is about describing art and the way everything is described in the story, you get the impression that you’re reading a painting. This book seems to really be about looking for a deeper meaning to everything that happens around us and you have to give the book points for originality. This is a good read but short, I felt that it could have been longer in order to explain more of what’s happening. All in all though it was an entertaining read and different from what I’m use to. I found at the end I was curious to see what else Mike Robinson has available.

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